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The Dallas Cowboys became a serious threat in the NFC after a shocking Thursday night win over the New Orleans Saints, and owner Jerry Jones believes it could be a season-changing moment for his franchise.

Dallas forced MVP front-runner Drew Brees into his worst performance of the year and held the offense, which was averaging a league-high 37.2 points per game, to just 10 points.

With four straight wins and a signature performance in prime time, Jones is expecting his team to move forward with a newfound swagger.

“This bunch, this team won’t be the same again,” Jones said, according to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “I’m serious. You win something like this against a team that well-coached, those kind of players, a caliber of team like that, and you know you’ve done it; the mirror knows you’ve done it. You change. This is a changer in here. These guys, they’re different cats now as they go forward.”

The 7-5 Cowboys are now in the driver’s seat in the NFC East, and their position could potentially improve even further with the Washington Redskins set to face off with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football.

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Amari Cooper is apparently enjoying football again since his trade to the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys acquired Cooper from the Oakland Raiders for a first-round pick in October, and the wide receiver feels rejuvenated since joining the squad.

“Just reflecting on my last four games (in Dallas) and my personality here, I feel like it did change me, as far as having that chip on my shoulder,” Cooper told Yahoo Sports’ Kimberley A. Martin. “Not that I wasn’t passionate before, but playing with more passion, trying to intentionally have fun out there. It definitely has changed me, in terms of me going out there and just having fun with it.

“Because when you get traded, you start to think, ‘Wow, that can happen, just like that.'”

The former first-round pick reflected on the move and the fact he’d never before been traded because he was always an important piece of the team.

“I wasn’t really happy in Oakland or anything like that,” he continued. “But when I sat and thought about it (Monday) night … I thought about the fact that they traded me away. I don’t know how to feel about it.”

Cooper is thriving with the Cowboys, grabbing 22 receptions for 349 yards and three touchdowns over his last four games. He exploded for 180 yards and two scores in a Thanksgiving Day victory over the Washington Redskins last week.

Pro Football Hall of Famer and former NFL head coach Mike Ditka was hospitalized earlier this week after suffering a heart attack.

“Coach Ditka had a mild heart attack earlier this week. Doctors inserted a pacemaker, and he is doing much better,” Steve Mandell, Ditka’s agent, told ESPN. “He appreciates the outpouring of support and expects to be home soon.”

The 79-year-old is currently recovering in a Florida hospital, according to multiple sources.

Ditka became the first tight end inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988 after a successful playing career with the Chicago BearsPhiladelphia Eagles, and Dallas Cowboys.

A champion as both a player and coach, Ditka led the 1985 Bears and their dominant defense to a title during his fourth of 11 campaigns in charge. He later spent three seasons as head coach of the New Orleans Saints.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will match all $21 donations to The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, up to a total of $21,000.

Elliott put an honorary $21 in the kettle following his first-quarter touchdown against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day. The token amount matches his jersey number.

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The Cowboys will also match each gift up to $21,000, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones dismissed the notion that he’s interested in replacing head coach Jason Garrett with Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley.

“That’s pulled out of thin air. I think that Coach (Lincoln) Riley is outstanding. It doesn’t surprise me because of proximity and his success but it’s total speculation,” Jones said Tuesday, according to Jeff Cavanaugh of 105.3 The FAN.

Jones told reporters last week that he doesn’t anticipate making any coaching changes this season, but it hasn’t stopped reports about the Cowboys being interested in Riley. Meanwhile, Riley said he had no interest in leaving for the NFL after the Cleveland Browns fired head coach Hue Jackson in October.

Jones also rejected the notion that he considered firing offensive coordinator Scott Linehan during the bye week. Linehan’s called the Cowboys’ offensive plays since 2014 and has officially served as the OC since 2015.

“We’ve never even contemplated the idea of Scott not calling plays,” Jones said Tuesday, according to Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.

While Jerry Jones appears content with his team despite its 3-5 record, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman has a different perspective.

In his weekly show on 1310 The Ticket, Aikman said he believes the Cowboys need to make big changes if their struggles this season continue.

“Go through the list and this team, over a long period of time, has been what it’s been,” Aikman said Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer. “It hasn’t always mattered who the head coach has been. So to me, if you’re asking me, I’d say there has to be a complete overhaul of the entire organization.”

The FOX color analyst did not specify what changes he would make, but he appeared to hint that Dallas’ issues begin at the top.

“I’ve heard Jerry say, ‘OK, look, we’re going to do it differently. I’m going to do it differently.’ … But it’s the same. Nothing changes,” Aikman said. “And that to me is the bigger issue. … Yes, coaching is important, personnel, all those things are important, but how are you going about evaluating how you’re going about running the organization?”

Aikman added, “I talk to people who have been inside the building and have a pretty good understanding (of) how things are run, and in a lot of ways, there’s a lot of dysfunction. And that has to change if this team is going to be able to compete on a consistent basis like the teams that you look to around the league that seemingly are in the hunt each and every year.”

After Monday’s 28-14 loss to the Tennessee Titans, Jones said he doesn’t anticipate any major changes in the near future.

The Cowboys have a tough matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 10 on Sunday Night Football.

After Amari Cooper‘s first practice with the Dallas Cowboys since Monday’s trade from the Oakland Raiders, he spoke glowingly of his new surroundings.

“It feels like a fresh start, just like a freshman year in college or something like that. … I mean the first thing you think about when you hear the Cowboys is that star, ‘America’s Team,’ and all of that. It’s a great franchise,” Cooper said Wednesday, according to Kevin Patra of Around the NFL.

The Cowboys acquired Cooper, 24, in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The fourth-year pro was named to the Pro Bowl in both of his first two seasons. He caught 22 of 32 targets for 280 yards and one touchdown over the first six games of the 2018 season with the Raiders.

Cooper suffered a concussion in his final game with the Raiders in Week 6, but he’ll have another week to recover and get up to speed in his new offense with the Cowboys on bye in Week 8.

“I have to stack the days together,” Cooper said. “Obviously learn the system and just be ready to go out there when my name is called. All the other stuff will come.”

The Cowboys will host the Tennessee Titans in Week 9.